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Workshops - Chinese New Year
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MATRIX THEATRE
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CHINESE NEW YEAR (1 hr.)
This workshop is available signed

This falls anytime from late January to early February and follows the ancient farming calendar. In the Chinese New Year celebrations, the colour red plays a significant role as red decorations are hung over doors and around rooms. Small red envelopes have lucky money placed in them and are given as presents to children, adults, friends and family to encourage a prosperous new year.  The children visit their neighbours to wish them a happy new year and deliver their lucky red envelopes.

The calendar is based on a twelve-year cycle and each year, is represented by an animal. Learn how those animals decided which order they should come, by joining the children as they dress and have a race.

You must not clean your house or you will sweep away the wealth the gods have given you and breaking anything will bring bad luck. There are certain rules that must be followed each day, but by the fifth day dancing is allowed. Join us in a dragon dance and recite a poem to bring prosperity to your family for the coming year.